Kazangazi culvert project in Petauke to gobble 1.3 million Kwacha

About 1.3 million Kwacha is being used to construct Kazangazi culvert on the Petauke-Ukwimi road in Petauke district.

Road Development Agency, RDA, Regional Manager, Thomas Zimba, says RDA is also rehabilitating Onzi Bridge and Chibale culverts at 844 thousand Kwacha in Petauke district.

And Mr. Zimba further says that NRFA, the National Road Fund Agency has released 403 thousand Kwacha for patching potholes on the Chipata -Lundazi road.

Mr. Zimba says that the patching of potholes on the Chipata-Lundazi road is at 75 percent completion.

He says that RDA requested for funds from government for emergency maintenance works to prolong the life span of most roads.

Mr. Zimba says most roads in the province have been washed away following heavy rains experienced this season.

He says that NRFA is ready to release more funds towards the maintenance of roads in the region.

ZABS warns against Easter promotion products

People have been advised to be cautions when buying goods that are on promotion during this Easter period.

Zambia Bureau of Standards ZABS Head of Marketing and Public Relations, Hazel Zulu says that most of these products on promotion have a shorter shelf life.

In a statement availed to Breeze News, Ms. Zulu says that this means that these products must be consumed within the stated period.

She says that consumers should therefore; check all the details on the products to ensure that they buy products that they are able to consume within the stipulated shelf time.

Ms. Zulu says that while there is no problem with a trader putting their goods on promotion, ZABS is aware that this is being done to beat shelf life.

She has emphasized that consumers should know that the quality of expired products cannot be guaranteed and can pause risk to their health.

Absence of market committees in Chipata cause problems

The absence of market committees in Chipata town has left the trading places vulnerable to criminal activities.

One of the traders at Saturday Market, Felix Sakala, told Breeze News that due to the none existence of market committees, there is no one to maintain discipline and settle disputes in the market.

Mr. Sakala says misunderstandings and theft have become common, with some traders dragging each other to police more often than before, because the market has no disciplinary committee.

He says when people approach the former market chairperson, Peter Soko for help, they are referred to Chipata City Council, but it is not even clear as to which office is supposed to handle their cases.

Mr. Sakala also observed that some customers are not buying merchandise freely, due to harassment from unruly boys that are slowly invading the market.

He has therefore, appealed to the Chipata City Council to quickly conduct elections for market committees, to prevent any further lawlessness.

illegal land developers agree to suspend construction works

People that have settled at Chipata Forest have agreed to suspend construction works of any new buildings.

This follows a consensus between the illegal settlers and Chipata City Council at a meeting held on Monday.

Kapata Ward Councilor, Naphtali Banda has told Breeze News that the squatters agreed to wait until a plan for the area is drawn.

He says leaders representing the residents were happy with the efforts by the local authority to have the Ministry of Lands turn the Forest into a residential area.

Last week confusion ensued during a meeting when Chipata City Council director of planning, Kawonga Namenda, asked people not to put up new structures until a proper plan is developed.

The meeting abruptly ended when people became unruly, forcing Mr. Namenda to walk out of the meeting.